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Old 10-29-2014, 11:35 AM
 
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My contractor likes to paint the ceiling a shade lighter of the wall color, but am wondering about painting it white instead. Wouldn't that tend to make the space feel more open?

(The wall color will likely be a light-neutral brown)
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:44 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I have no white ceilings in my house. They are the same color as the wall -or- a lighter shade of the wall -or- a different color entirely.

In my house, a white ceiling closes in the room... plus looks like a large unfinished area.
YMMV.
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Old 10-29-2014, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Texas
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All of our ceilings are painted an ultra white in satin. It makes the room warmer, far brighter, and less depressing. It also makes any wall color come alive. Probably different in other areas around the country. We still use the spray on acoustic ceilings and then paint them.
Here's a bedroom remodel we did for an elderly gentleman last year. We tore out the exterior wall, replaced the aged windows with low E sq insulated units. Installed wall insulation, installed porcelain floors, installed oak trim, installed ceiling fan, replaced all doors in the house with 5 panel units, and painted. My cabinet guy made him a base with drawers to go under his bed too. All paint in the pic is satin finish.
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:02 PM
 
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My painters recommended using ceiling paint which is an ultra flat finish. The ceiling was originally painted with an eggshell finish. I was completely surprised at how much taller the room looked with the ultra flat finish vs the eggshell finish where he had not yet painted.

Go ahead and add a little color to it if you wish - but, having seen what a difference it makes vs a shinny finish I strongly recommend using a paint that is for ceilings. I actually did my walls in a Benjamin Moore Pearl finish to reflect more light - but, I am very glad I went with the ultra flat paint designed for ceilings.
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:24 PM
 
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I use Pratt and Lambert Sky Light. Flat soft white. I have 10 ft ceilings throughout. My ceilings are plaster.
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Old 10-29-2014, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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I advocate a flat paint for your ceiling. Barring that, it's really a personal choice thing. Some people like painted ceilings. I personally prefer white as it seems to make the room feel brighter that way since the light bounces off it better.
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Old 10-29-2014, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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This doesn't work on EVERY color (like red) but,

An old painter trick- 1qt. of wall paint to 1gal. of ceiling white (finishes the same of course). It tones down the stark contrast of WHITE and the wall color; without making the room feel like a dungeon.
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Old 10-31-2014, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I don't like white ceilings at all. To me it makes the room look like it has a lid on it. If there are other white things in the room, ie: trim or doors, blinds, etc, then it could look fine, but boring....I like the ceilings the same color as the wall or another lighter shade.

My ceilings in the whole apartment are a blush color, it looks nice, well I think so, as white does not match my decor at all, and I have nothing white in the apartment. So my blush color works well.


I agree with another poster here who said a white ceiling just looks like a large unfinished area, I agree.
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:51 PM
 
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Ceilings are something that can be painted once every 25 years. Therefore, I'd say always go with white. People often change wall colors every 5-7 years which isn't THAT often, but who wants to mess with painting the ceiling every time? White matches everything. I don't think my ceilings have been painted in 30 years
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Old 10-31-2014, 09:34 PM
 
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...An old painter trick- 1qt. of wall paint to 1gal. of ceiling white (finishes the same of course). It tones down the stark contrast of WHITE and the wall color; without making the room feel like a dungeon.

This is what my not-so-old painter did throughout my entire house. The walls are mostly EggWhite. I love the result.
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